Jenn Cook Leads Lady Vikings with School Record

Jenn Cook Leads Lady Vikings with School Record

By: Alice Coughlin

In their second meet of the season, the women's indoor track team experienced whirlwind success at the Vulcan Invitational.  The meet took place at the Birmingham CrossPlex- a brand new athletic facility which attracted a variety of competition for the meet. The two day meet resulted in numerous personal records and a new Berry College school record.

The first event the Lady Vikings participated in was the mile.  Senior Jenn Cook placed 10th in a time of 5:02.23.  Cook's time was not only an impressive personal record, but it made Berry College running history.  Cook broke the previous record of 5:06, which was ran by Michelle Abernathy in 1996. 

"Jenn ran the textbook perfect race.  All of her quarters were even with the last one being the fastest," said Coach Paul Deaton.

According to Cook, she knew there was a chance she could break the record, but she did not know it would be by a margin of four seconds. 

"I told myself to push it, I felt strong and like I was racing hard.  I didn't even look down at my watch for the end of the race.  It's just nice to know what I can do early in the season," said Cook. 

Other participants in the mile were freshmen Nicole Fredette and Annika Stryker. Fredette placed 42nd with a time of 6:06.94 while Stryker placed 43rd in 6:58.75.

The next event for the women was the distance medley relay.  The team was composed of Casey Norris, Keri McGinnis, Leslie Stewart and Katy Jordan.  Norris ran the 1200 meters in a 4:22 split and handed off to McGinnis who ran a 1:04 split for the 400 meters.  Followed by McGinnis was Stewart who completed the 800 meters in 2:59.  Completing the relay was Jordan, who ran the 1600 in 6:16 for a total team time of 14:43.74 and a 5th place team finish.

The final event for the Lady Vikings on Feb. 10, was the 5000 meters.  Sophomore Allison Preg raced to a 14th place finish in 20:57.73.  Senior Lauren Hicks finished in 16th place with a time of 21:22.11.  Senior Ellery Jones completed the race right behind Hicks in a time of 21:34.29 for 17th place.  For Preg and Hicks, their races signified times that neither had ran in years.  Their races are a testament to how diligence and desire can lead a runner back to their full racing potential.

The Lady Vikings continue their competition on Feb. 11 with the women's 800 meters and the women's 3000 meters.

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